Functions of Social Conflict
"The positive values of conflict for all societies come to light in this study. The author reveals how conflicts fulfill social functions such as maintenance of group boundaries and the prevention of the withdrawal of members from a group. Critical of the view that conflict is dysfunctional, he demonstrates its inadequacies. In a series of basic propositions distilled from the theories of George Simmel, Mr. Coser clarifies the functions of social conflict. These propsitions are extended and related to such theories as those of psychoanalysis and empirical research."--Back cover.
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Conflict with OutGroup and Group Structure
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